Puerto Princesa City, Philippines (May 7, 2018) – Aquaplayparks.com, a home to the largest floating AQUA PARK in Philippines, in partnership with Kamia Bay Resort, recently concluded a successful bloggers collaboration which aims to promote the brand and create a social media audience and blog posts to drive visitors to climb, jump, crawl, launch, slide and splash their way around.
To achieve this, the aqua play team recognised that social media was an important channel to engage local communities and users with the news that Aqua Play Parks has been launched. Ms. Wilma Doesnt, model and actress was also invited to be part of the successful launching with the bloggers. Through reactive comments, boosted posts and generating unique visual and video content, Aqua Play has doubled the number of followers on Facebook and Instagram.
Held at the Kamia Bay Resort, the three-day event saw the participation of all the water park management based in Palawan and employees of Kamia Bay Resort. The Chief Executive Officer along with some staff was given an opportunity to interact with the bloggers during the activities. The aqua park team gave the bloggers the ultimate water park experience!
Watch this short video:
Home to extreme water slides and exhilarating attractions, and currently the largest of its kind in Philippines, Aquaplayparks.com has a ton of fun activities to offer and like the SlideZilla, Human Launcher, shaky bridges, slippery slides that are all meant to bring out the kid in all of us.
Peter Appleton, CEO and Owner of Aqua Play Parks commented: “First of all, I would like to thank all bloggers , and actress Wilma Doesnt, for attending in this three-day event and making it successful. We hope you have gained exciting experience into the aqua fun and insights about our company through this collaboration. It is very essential that our brand is working together with bloggers and media friends towards one goal and one spirit that is why we never miss to conduct such as this gathering,”
“We value the relationships our company has with bloggers, influencers and media – because the more coverage we can achieve that will be a mutual benefit for them and the property. They are and will always be our asset for us to promote our aqua park towards the guests and visitors,” he concluded.
Aqua Play Parks creates enormous “floating playground” for an exceptional value offering inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and bouncers all connected together and floating in a large, clean and refreshing seashore. It features swings, ramps, jumps, ladders, a trampoline, a slide, wiggle bridges, and so much more. There is a great variety of different shapes, sizes and functions, making the activity exciting and entertaining for everyone.
About AquaPlayparks.com :
AquaPlayparks.com is the largest manufacturer of inflatable water parks at the Pearl of the Orient Seas for a reason! Based in Philippines, the aqua fun park is managed by a group comprised of Canadian designers and unique inflatable makers since 1988 and are genuinely one of just a couple of pioneers in the inflatable leisure and amusement industry.
With the company’s immense industry experience, they have become the reckoned and largest manufacturers and exporter of supreme quality inflatable water slides that can be set into urban cities, shorelines (beaches) and resorts!
As one of the largest manufacturers of inflatable water parks backed up by state of the art engineering and dedicated team of technicians, AquaPlayparks.com represents considerable authority in the production and sales of aqua fun parks for all ages. Its unwavering commitment to safety and ethical business approach, and a reputation for making the most inventive and premium quality units accessible today, the raw materials and assembling innovation applied on its products and accessories are entirely consenting to the standards of America and the EU.
The company’s administration standards are top-notch products with competitive price, considerable service and having the speediest and most efficient response.
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Last month, I got to spend a day with blogger friends in Porto Laiya, another prestige project from the developer of Mount Malaraya Golf & Country Club– considered as one of the top golf courses in the world. Porto Laiya is a private residential and beach resort community in Brgy. Ibabao, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas.
Below is a video clip that I prepared and posted on my Facebook Page featuring Porto Laiya:
For high definition, view this Youtube post:
The pick-up time was six am on a weekday in McDonald’s EDSA-Buendia branch in Makati City. I live in Cubao and for me to make it on time, I needed to be on the road by 5 AM to avoid the rush hour traffic to the Central Business District of Metro Manila. I have not had any proper sleep after long hours of editing a number of video projects and was feeling under the weather.
At 5 AM, I was still in bed and messaged my blogger friend Erica Poyauan of www.thegirlwiththemujihat.com if she was already on her way. She said she was having second thoughts because she, too, was feeling sick. We checked online again to find out more about Porto Laiya. In no time, I was in the shower preparing for another day of swimming, snorkeling and basking in the sun! Erica and I agreed that we should just go and enjoy! By six in the morning, I was already drinking coffee and had just finished my Sausage McMuffin in McDonald’s EDSA-Buendia branch while Erica… well… was nowhere in sight. She was still on her way, stuck in a horrendous traffic somewhere. She made it in the nick of time nonetheless.
By 7:30-ish in the morning, I was already inside the Active Group‘s van plying EDSA with the other bloggers and real estate agents. I rode shotgun with my backpack of equipment and drone. Hence, I pretty much was quiet and slept through the whole three-hour or so road trip.
It was a smooth and easy ride to Batangas. As we rolled towards Porto Laiya, I could not help my excitement to build up because of the Porto Laiya road signs that darted the road side starting from the STAR Tollway Ibaan Exit up to Porto Laiya’s Main Gate.
Porto Laiya is a 37-hectare piece of land comprised of commercial and residential lots.
Lot sizes range from 264 sqm to 508 sqm. The Phase I residential development of Porto Laiya has a total of 359 lots with sizes ranging from 240 sqm to 478 sqm. Phase II has 304 lots with sizes ranging from 214 to 703 sqm.
Lot prices range from Php 8,400 per sqm to Php 15,000 per sqm. The last remaining commercial/residential lot is 1, 354 sqm at Php 15,000 per sqm. Prices may change without prior notice.
Features and Amenities:
Landscape entrance gate with guardhouse
Concrete roads and gutters
Underground drainage system
Water tank and water distribution system
Electric post and power distribution
400 Meters Beach front
If you want to invest in a commercial beachfront property or want to enjoy the best of seaside living by being a residential subdivision owner, contact Marisse Tabor at +63-915-332-3193 and tell her you came across my blog. Marisse is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and she is willing and able to help you with your inquiries.
Upon arrival at the guardhouse, I could not help but be amazed by the Filipino-inspired contemporary international design of the property. I was in awe more so when we reached Tamarind Cove to register. Tamarind Cove is a privately-held club inside Porto Laiya.
It was close to mid-day but we braved the sun to take photos. We were simply captivated by the beauty of this seaside community.
And then it was time to go out into the sea for snorkeling. Off the beach of Porto Laiya is a coral sanctuary. How convenient is that for Porto Laiya residents?
In no time, everyone got on the bamboo raft except me. I needed to fly my drone and take some aerial footage for my vlog. By the time I was done, my friends were already at sea. The daredevil in me said, “I cannot not be on that raft and miss seeing the corals of Laiya!” So I gathered all my strength, grabbed my action camera, put on my goggles, and swam towards the boat. Halfway, I looked into the horizon and saw the still small image of the boat and my friends. With the strong current, I thought I would not be able to make it. The boat was just too far. I looked back at the beach and did some mental calculations. If I go back, I would still swim the same distance, be dead tired and would spend the whole afternoon regretting not being able to see the Laiya reefs teaming with marine life. Darn, I would rather be tired and happy than be tired and sad. So for dear life, I paddled and swam. From a distance, I could already hear my friends cheering me on. It felt like I was in a swimming competition. LOL. “Oh goodness, my mom would kill me”, I thought. Thanks to my fellow blogger, Bette Medina for recording the whole thing on video.
Upon reaching the boat, my friends were ecstatic. Erica was so nervous and even thought that I could not make it. I, myself, could not believe that I made it. LOL. Surprisingly, I did not feel exhausted at all after that dash of a swim. Thanks to the adrenaline rush. We wasted no time and spent the rest of the afternoon at sea communing with nature.
After snorkeling, we went for a quick dip in the Infinity Pool of the Tamarind Cove for some more Instagram shots.
I am glad I pushed through with visiting Porto Laiya. Aside from getting to see this wonder of a place and getting to enjoy its amenities, I was able to meet new blogger friends and reunite with old ones.
Contact Marisse if you want to have a quick visit to Porto Laiya. You may also visit Porto Laiya’s Facebook Page here.
For information about the activities and rates in Tamarind Cove, click Erica’s blog here.
Yesterday, March 17, 2018, I had the most wonderful opportunity to attend and cover Air Asia’s Red Hub Convention at The Axon at Green Sun in Makati City, Philippines. Thank you Air Asia. As a BIG Member, it was a privilege and an honor to be covering this event.
AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier, held a digital convention for digital nomads and entrepreneurs at the The Axon at Green Sun. The convention focused on the culture of digital nomads and how AirAsia connects them across Asia.
Who or what are Digital Nomads? They can vary from self-employed freelancers or full-time employees, often of start-ups. Digital nomads are internet-savvy individuals who earn their living from a distance. They usually move from one place to another from co-working spaces to coffee shops to beaches, both in Manila and in other parts of the world.
You see, I have been self-employed after leaving the corporate environment in 2016. With the lack of a better term then, I would call myself an online nomad, working outside cubicles and the usual working hours as an online content producer/creator.
I first learned about the term digital nomad two years ago and how digital nomads, mostly foreigners, have crowded the internet cafes and coffee shops in Bali, Indonesia, sharing work spaces while waiting for the next wave to surf.
The term digital nomad or diginomad was all too foreign then. It amazes me how fast it has become popular locally in just a span of two years. Now there are more virtual offices and co-work spaces and more jobs offering flexible work schedules and work-from-home options.
AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador welcomed everyone by how AirAsia supports the growing needs of these digital nomads in the workplace.
AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said “AirAsia aims to continuously provide better connection to our guests, not only through our massive network in Asia and beyond but also through innovative, digital, and mobile solutions so they can grow and expand their experiences and network on a regional scale. There is a lot of talent in the region which, to date, has lacked the access and opportunities that are readily available to budding entrepreneurs in the West. Through AirAsia Red Hub Convention, we aim to provide the platform and the environment to encourage, validate, and ultimately implement new exciting ideas.”
The prominent speakers who graced the event were:
Pete Chareonwongsak – Regional Chief Operations Officer, AirAsia
Norhizam Kadir – VP, Growth Ecosystems Development, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Johannes Jaeger –Co-founder, Hack Horizon
Shahab Shabibi – CEO & Co-founder, Machine Ventures
Steve Munroe – CEO & Co-founder, Hubud
Mikko Barranda – CEO & Co-founder, Acceler8
Aarom Sarma – CEO, Touristly
Trisha Velarmino – P.S. I’m On My Way, Travel Blogger
The Red Hub Convention Speakers focused on 3 topics:
The Future of Work- about the growth and expansion of the startup industry
Venture Adventures- focused on how the way we work is changing with the emergence of new, innovative economic models and how mobility has evolved to bring new opportunities for the workforce of tomorrow
Borderless Business- highlighted the opportunities and ease of doing business across borders, particularly for entrepreneurs in key startup economies such as Manila, Jakarta, Bali, Hong Kong, China
The Red Hub Convention came at a perfect time for Filipinos, especially with more people venturing into their own businesses. Manila is fast becoming one of Southeast Asia’s growing startup hubs.
Although the startup scene in the country may be young, it has a lot of potential for innovation and the recent convention encouraged our fellow Filipinos to step up and step out of their comfort zones.
Through AirAsia, Filipinos now have the opportunity to explore business beyond borders while continuing to thrive in entrepreneurial pursuits. With Air Asia’s low-cost and efficient flying options, digital nomads can now easily travel across different cities in Asia and look for business opportunities. The Red Hub Convention was perfect for whether you’re a digital nomad, industry expert or social entrepreneur.
The convention ended at four in the afternoon. I had a grand time connecting with other digital nomads from different segments of the online world. I believe I gained enough confidence after learning that there is indeed a bright future for me as an Online Content Creator and a Travel Blogger. I just need to be authentic, consistent and persevering in publishing relevant online content for the 3.6 billion people who are online. Got to go! Every minute counts. I need to finish stuff here in the Philippines before I board a plane to Jakarta (of course, via Air Asia) tomorrow morning. Signing out for now. Peace!
Just a heads up. This is a long post. LOL. If you do not have enough time to read, then scroll down for the two-minute-or-so video that I did for Misamis Occidental or click here.
Otherwise, read on…
Mindanao, the second biggest land mass of the Philippine archipelago of more than 7,100 islands, has always fascinated me. Personally, I think that Mindanao has not been given all these years the amount of attention it rightfully deserves. To many, Mindanao still remains a big mystery. Most of the news we got about Mindanao were about insurgency and war-torn places. But those are all in the past I believe.
It is high time that Mindanao be showcased as a tourist destination. With the current administration’s commitment to drive Mindanao’s tourism to new heights, there is no doubt that more people will begin to understand, appreciate and love this gifted land in the South.
Below is a short video that I prepared featuring the beautiful province of Misamis Occidental. Believe me when I say that this video does not give justice to what Misamis Occidental can offer. There is more to explore and discover in Misamis Occidental.
For high definition, watch this youtube post:
The first time I joined the Department of Tourism’s media-familiarization trip was in January when we visited emerging tourist destinations in Malabon, Las Pinas and Paranaque.
Last February, I joined yet again the Department of Tourism and we flew all the way to Mindanao to discover and explore emerging tourist destinations in Misamis Occidental. With me were fellow travel bloggers, Josh Tanador of www.mgalaagnijosh.com and Sonya Sison and Carmela Nery of www.seekertravels.com.
Misamis Occidental is a province in Northern Mindanao. Oroquieta is the capital city. The two other component cities are Ozamiz and Tangub. In this three-day trip, I was able to quickly visit all cities and only four out of the fourteen municipalities, Clarin, Jimenez, Plaridel and Sapang Dalaga. I must say that it was such a short visit. There were so many places to see with so little time.
By Land: Air conditioned buses to and from Dipolog, Pagadian and Cagayan De Oro
By Sea: Regular trips to and from Cebu, Manila, Dipolog, Dumaguete and Tagbiliran
Ozamis City is nestled at the entrance of Pangil Bay. Behind Ozamiz City stands the 7,956 feet Mount Malindang and Mt. Malindang Range National Park, declared as an ASEAN National Park.
On February 27, 2018, we landed in Ozamiz City Airport at six thirty in the morning via Philippine Airlines. We were welcomed by the indefatigable Marketing and Promotions Manager of the Department of Tourism Region 10 Mr. Carlston Barcenella Maglangit.
What made this trip extra special was meeting a good old friend, Bro. Arianwen Lopez. We were on board the same flight to Ozamiz. Bro. Arwee came from Manila to visit his family. He is with the De La Salle Brothers.
After retrieving our checked-in luggage, the group proceeded to the Royal Garden Hotel to check-in and freshen up.
Royal Garden Hotel is located on Burgos Street corner Zamora Street, Ozamiz City. Call +63-88-521-2888 or 2889 for booking and inquiries.
The Department of Tourism Regional Director Ms. May Salvana- Unchuan met us at the hotel. In no time, we were on our way and ready for a fun-filled day of touring Ozamiz City.
We also met the Ozamiz City Tourism Officer, Jaime Tomada. The tourist spots we visited in Ozamiz City were:
Also known as Fuerte de la Concepcion y del Triunfo, the Cotta Fort and Shrine was built by the Spaniards in 1755 to serve as a fortress to protect the region from pirates. It is one of the oldest historical structures in the province.
The Cotta Fort houses the engraved image of the Our Lady of Triumph of the Cross which is visited by devotees from all over the country specially on its feast day, July 16.
Get a glimpse of the city’s rich history at the Ozamiz City Museum situated inside the Cotta Fort.
Michael Fuentes, Tourism Staff of Ozamiz City, gave us a brief history of the city. He also showed the future plans for Cotta Shrine’s renovation.
Rodriguez Ancestral House
One of the ancestral houses located in Ozamiz City is the Rodriguez Residence, believed to have been visited by Dr. Jose Rizal, the National Hero of the Philippines, during his exile in Dapitan. We were welcomed by the house’s caretaker, Ms. Darsila Hoyohoy.
We then had a quick refreshing stop at Mon’s Grill to taste their version of Halo-Halo (Mix-mix) dubbed as the World’s Best Halo-Halo. Halo-halo is a popular Filipino dessert made of shaved ice, evaporated milk and a variety of ingredients such as sweet beans, coconut, jelly, banana, sago pearls, sweet camote sometimes best topped with a scoop of ice cream and a spoonful of leche flan.
Tangub City, formerly known us Regidor, is the Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines. Last February 28, the city celebrated its 50th charter anniversary. Indeed, it was the perfect time for us to visit.
Tangub City is an hour-drive from Ozamiz City. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the Tourism Officer Ms. Baby Paller with a welcome lei and a passport to the Christmas Symbols Festival.
Before visiting the Christmas Symbols Festival, we went to the Belvedere (French for view deck) in Fertig Hills of Mt. Malindang. Situated at an altitude of 1100 meters above sea level, we got a 360-degree view of the virgin forests of Mt. Malindang and the whole Panguil Bay.
The Presidential Spokesperson, the Honorable Secretary Harry Roque, was also at the Belvedere when we visited. Roque was invited to be Tangub’s Honored Golden Anniversary Guest Speaker during the Stadium Lights Show happening that night.
Christmas Symbols Festival
After spending a chill afternoon at the Belvedere, we headed back to the city proper for a quick visit to the Christmas Symbols Festival. Annually, Tangubanons take pride in showing off their creativity through the various Christmas Symbols that light up the plaza starting in the first week of December until the last week of January the following year. Although it was already February, most of the Christmas Symbols were still lit up.
Stadium Lights Parade Festival
After dinner, we headed to the Tangub City Stadium to witness The Stadium Lights Parade Festival. This festival is a show that is participated in by schools and local and national government agencies all over Tangub City in celebration of the city’s charter anniversary celebration. When we arrived, the stadium was jam-packed. I was told that there must be about 50,000 people crowding the stadium. I also felt the excitement and high energy in the air. Of course, I came prepared. I brought my drone and got a go-signal from the organizers and the Department of Tourism to take some aerial footage.
I will update this blog as soon as I finish some quick edits on the aerial footage of some of the performances.
The Lights Festival and Parade was a total feast for the eyes. The people’s effort and passion to participate in this annual event is truly admirable. Kudos to Tangub City and Happy 50th Anniversary!
We got back to the hotel close to midnight. What a fun-filled day for Day One. Oh, haven’t I told you? This was only Day One! LOL.
Other Festivals in Tangub City:
SobreMesa Summer Fair Festival- from 2nd week of April until end of May
Dalit Festival aka mother of festivals in Mindanao- September 29
I hope to be back in Tangub City when these places of interest open:
Panguil Bay Bridge- longest bridge in the Philippines after its completion
Migcanaway River Esplanade- longest river walk (5 km) in the country after its completion
Gardens of the World- only world-class garden in the Philippines within Mt. Malindang Range National Park, declared as an ASEAN National Park, will be opened by 2019.
For accommodation and reservations, contact the Tangub City Tourism Office at +63-88-545-0141.
We started Day Two by having breakfast in Clarin. Clarin is a municipality just above Ozamiz City.
Clarin House of Suman
Ms. Novie Grace Reponte, the Tourism Officer of Clarin, brought us to Clarin House of Suman for breakfast and to know more about Clarin’s specialty, i.e., Suman.
Suman, a popular Filipino delicacy, is rice cake wrapped in banana leaves.
The Clarin House of Suman produces and sells thirteen (13) varieties:
The Clarin House of Suman is a popular stop-over for pasalubong (gift or souvenir). It is located along the highway, hard to miss with its green exterior and a giant suman as a front pillar.
The Suman Production House is located just across the street. According to Ms. Rita Cajeta, Local Government Unit (LGU) Coordinator, they produce and sell an average of 2500 pieces of suman per day.
Now that was a lot of suman for me!
For orders, you may contact +63-946-9658222 or +63-917-440-7615.
After breakfast, we were back on the road for a thirty-minute drive to the municipality of Jimenez to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, a National Cultural Treasure.
St. John The Baptist Church
The St. John The Baptist Church was declared a Natural Cultural Treasure of the Philippines in 2001. It is located at the Brgy. Poblacion, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental.
The church was completed in the late 1880s. It has a Baroque architecture, and built mostly from coral stone.
St. John the Baptist Church in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental also has a pipe organ.
The St. John the Baptist Church has a clock and bell tower. I am glad I went up the tower to see the bells up close and personal. The bells have inscriptions in Spanish! I was standing before objects of historical significance!
We then went to the Jimenez Municipal Hall, adjacent to the church, to have snacks.
We were served Jimenez’s version of Suman Luya or Suman flavored with ginger (see photos below from Cindy LaRosa). Yummy!
The Mayor’s office and Tourism Officer Mr. Bong Abelidas, also had a surprise birthday cake for RD (Regional Director) May Salvana-Unchuan who celebrated her birthday on February 26, 2018.
The heritage Municipality of Jimenez is also one of the best preserved colonial towns in the entire Philippines. That is why the local government is pushing it to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List just like the historic city of Vigan.
We were able to visit one of the ancestral houses, the Aldren Tac-An Nacion Residence, built in 1914. The ground floor used to be the Bacarro Printing Press where the emergency money or Mickey Mouse money was printed during the Japanese Occupation.
Standing on the bank of the Jimenez River is what the town folks call the Enchanted Camel Tree. The people of Jimenez say that this tree bears different fruits depending on the season. There is a lot more going around town about this superstitious tree such as people hearing voices emanating from it. It is also believed that beautiful fair-skinned people live inside it.
Not far from the Camel Tree is the ancestral Jimenez Catholic Cemetery. This cemetery gave me the creeps when we visited. It has a stonewall partially covered with moss and other wild plants. Moreover, towering in the middle of this graveyard is a huge Balete Tree.
From Jimenez, we drove for an hour and a half to the Municipality of Plaridel to visit Bawbawon (The Hidden Island).
To get to the island, we rode a boat for about ten (10) minutes from a dock that was near the legislative building of Plaridel… I think… I can’t remember… I was sleepwalking. I fell asleep during the road trip. LOL. I just found myself in the boat. LOL.
Anyway, it was a scenic route getting to Bawbawon Beach. So I took out my camera and started clicking away. It was the first time for me to see mangrove growing on white sand! Well, I am saying on white sand because how can mangrove grow in sand? I guess it must be growing in regular soil underneath all that white sand, right? Anyway, I hope you got my point. LOL. Just the same… How cool is that? I was totally mesmerized by the island’s raw and pure beauty. I got a lot of footage so I might just post a vlog soon about Bawbawon Beach– one of my favorite places in the Philippines.
Bawbawon Beach is a protected area and is currently closed as they prepare the island for its grand opening soon. I hope I get to visit the island again when it opens.
After a sumptuous lunch in Bawbawon Beach, we headed back to the mainland to catch the sunset and have dinner in Sapang Dalaga. Thanks to Mercy Rentuza, the Tourism Officer of Plaridel for making sure we had a grand time on the island.
After thirty minutes, we arrived at the foot of the Caluya Shrine. We were welcomed by the Tourism Officer of Sapang Dalaga, Ms Melchoniza “Chin” Calago.
We rushed to catch the sunset. We climbed 198 steps more or less. Let me know when you visit how many steps it really is. LOL. When I got to the top, I was almost out of breath. Whew… me with my mini-production house on my back. But all the climbing was worth it. The view was breathtaking and the 45-foot-tall statue on a 10-foot-high pedestal with its open arms seemed to welcome me. The Caluya Shrine is a replica of Rio De Janeiro’s Christ The Redeemer. It stunningly stands on top of a hill at an elevation of 120 meters above sea level overlooking the Murcielagos Bay, Naputhas Island, Mount Malindang and Dioyo River.
Every second mattered. I prepared my drone for take-off while there was still daylight. The colors in this place was simply majestic!
We had dinner in one of the floating cottages in the middle of Murcielagos Bay. No electricity and all but we had rechargeable lamps, cellphone flashlights, great food and company.
For bookings and reservations, contact the Sapang Dalaga Municipal Tourism Office at +63-938-295-8093 or their Facebook Page here.
Php 500.00 – good for 15-20 persons
Php 1,000.00 – good for 50 persons
Php 2,000.00 – good for 75 persons
Pump boat fare (back and forth) with life vests- Php 30.00 per person
Lifeguard fee- Php 100.00
Garbage bag- Php 20.00 with a deposit fee of Php 180.00
You may bring your own trash bags. Be responsible of your food wastes and trash.
Cooking in the cottage is not allowed.
I hope to be back soon to see the 60-ft high Sapang Dalaga Falls. I also want to experience the Dioyo River Cruise.
We spent our last night in Misamis Occidental in Costa Del Sol in Oroquieta City.
We did not have time to go around Oroquieta anymore. We were set to depart early morning the next day for Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte to visit Ma. Cristina Falls and have lunch the Pagana Maranao way before catching our flight back to Manila via Laguindingan International Airport in Cagayan De Oro, Misamis Oriental. I will be publishing another article soon about our quick but memorable trip to Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte.
It’s Zooper Zummer once again and of course, we are launching the only theme park activity at night which received a nice raved from the patrons.
Stay awake, hear your heartbeat pounding, blood in your veins rushing as the rising excitement heightened in the night’s summer breeze. Zoobic Safari brings back the much awaited “Night Safari”, packed with more thrill and excitement. Discover your braver side and tour around this exotic sanctuary at night, the first of its kind in the Philippines.
Gear up your nocturnal senses and prepare for a series of roaring nights of fun in visiting Zoobic Safari’sclassic attractions, Serpentarium; a wild encounter with snakes, lizards and iguanas, Zoobic Park, a walk-through petting zoo, Tiger Safari, an enclosed safari jeep ride that will take you to the tigers’ natural habitat, Croco Loco, a crocodile lair where you will have a chance to feed them. Take a walk together with the greyhounds and follow the night trail in Greyhound Walk.. Enjoy a different and bolder show specially prepared for the night’s entertainment; expect an explosive presentation that will surely growl your mind away.
Anticipate a wilder quest as Zoobic Safari offers you its latest feral attraction, the Lion Safari on a day adventure. Witness these ferocious Kings of the Jungle up close and more intimidating.
Package 1: Entrance with 8 activities
Php 695 – Adult
Php 595 – Kids 4 ft and below, FREE – Kids 3 ft and below
Night Safari Tour (Zoobic Park, Serpentarium, Zoobic Cave, Forbidden Cave, Tiger Safari Ride, Greyhound Walk, Croco Loco) for approximately 2 hours.
Night Safari Jungle Show
Package 2: Zoolit Booklet
Php 399 / Booklet
FREE – Kids 3 ft and below
6- 50% off entrance tickets
6- Buy 1 take 1 entrance tickets
2- 50% off hotel accommodation (Azotea in Makati, Tiara Hotel in Subic, Residence Inn Tagaytay)
Book online at Zoobic Safari’s official payment portal: www.zoomanitypayment.com
All Saturdays from Mar 3, 2018 to May 26, 2018.
Over-the-counter payment at BDO
ATM / Debit card
Experience the wild nights and see the other side of time of the animal kingdom.
For inquiries contact 09778978877 or visit www.zoomanity.com.ph. TAG Media and Public Relations handles Zoomanity Group for Marketing, Branding, Public Relations, Events and Promotions.
The opinions, representations and statements made within this guest article are those of the author and not of http://www.joelandrada.com as a whole. Any copyright remains with the author and any liability with regard to infringement of intellectual property rights remain with them. This blog site accepts no liability for any errors, omissions or representations. Featured images were provided by client.
I bring my drone whenever I travel, hence, the hashtag dronescapades and the logo.
Despite the difficulty of riding a jam-packed public utility vehicle, I carry two backpacks, one for my drone and another for my videography gadgets and personal effects. I have seen passengers giving me weird glances, even staring at my drone backpack that is “sitting” next to me. Yes, I would pay extra so my drone can have a dedicated seat inside the jeepney or bus. LOL.
I must admit. Guilty as charged! I am not a light traveler because I bring with me a mini-production house. My brother and fellow travel bloggers can attest to this. Why do I go to such great lengths? Well, I want to capture the whole experience by getting not just ground but also aerial and underwater footage whenever possible.
And because of my affinity to drones, I have been tapped by Pinoydrones to be their partner. Founded in July 2016, Pinoydrones is a distributor of drones with trading partners in various areas in the Philippines.
Expect future blog posts featuring the various drones that Pinoydrones carry. My coupon code is JOEL20. My blog readers can use this to avail of discounts when they purchase from Pinoydrones.
Are you looking for a place for that much awaited family outing, couple getaway or team building? Well, Olivia’s The Coffee Estate might be a good choice for you.
The Coffee Estate is located in the Coffee Capital of the Philippines, Amadeo, Cavite. Five minutes away from Tagaytay.
Here is what I like about The Coffee Estate:
Free freshly ground coffee
Five minutes away from Tagaytay
Hospitable room accommodations
Sumptuous affordable gourmet food
Relaxing wellness spa
Outdoor jacuzzi and swimming pool
Spacious activity area (2nd and 3rd floors)
Videoke (until 10 PM per city ordinance)
Below is a short video showcasing why I love Olivia’s The Coffee Estate and why I can not wait to be back with my family.
The Coffee Estate offers the following packages:
Family Room- P 12,500.00
Check-in is at 2 PM and check-out is 12 noon the next day
Already includes entrance fees for twenty (20) persons
Includes two (2) Family Rooms. Each room has two (2) Queen Size beds and two (2) extra mattresses
Includes complimentary use of the terrace
Day Swimming- P 2,000.00
From 8 AM to 8 PM
Already includes entrance fees for ten (10) persons
Garden Room- P 2,500.00
Already includes entrance fees for two (2) persons
Should you wish to extend, extension fee is P 300 per hour. There is also an additional fee of P 150 per extra person.
If you prefer to bring your own food, you may do so. They offer complimentary use of gas stove, griller and refrigerator.
However, I would recommend that you try their affordable gourmet food prepared by the Celebrity Chef himself, AJ Senido, no less.
Visiting Olivia’s Coffee Shop in Bucal, a stone’s throw away from The Coffee Estate, completed my coffee experience. I learned so much about coffee, its origin and its varieties. Thanks to Nathaniel Tolentino for generously sharing his expertise.
WELLNESS SPA (Available only on weekdays)
What I enjoyed the most during my stay in this cozy nook was their Wellness Spa. I got to relax in the pampering aroma and goodness of a full-body coffee scrub.
They have the following spa services:
Shiatsu Massage for one (1) hour- P 350.00
Swedish Massage for one (1) hour- P 300.00
Combination Massage for one (1) hour- P 500.00
Add-on’s: Ventosa- P 50.00; Stone- P 100.00
Body Scrub- P 600.00
Face Mask- P350.00
Or, you may get the Special Package for only P 1,350.00 which includes Combination Massage, Face Mask and Body Scrub.
Within the compound of The Coffee Estate is a Pasalubong Center where you can buy Olivia’s Coffee and other Filipino delicacies and snacks.
VENUE FOR EVENTS
The Coffee Estate is also a perfect venue for events like weddings, debuts and birthday parties. They have the following available packages so you can create lasting and beautiful memories with your loved ones:
Event Venue- P 25,000
Includes the garden and pool side as venues
Complimentary use of parking
Overnight stay for the bride and groom
Complimentary use of the swimming pool for ten (10) persons
Venue with Aisle On Pool- P 50,000.00
Includes a wedding aisle in the middle of the pool
Includes the garden and pool side as venues
Complimentary use of parking
Overnight stay for the bride and groom
Complimentary use of the swimming pool for ten (10) persons
Venue with Buffet- P 1,000 per head
Minimum of 100 guests
Buffet menu selection
Includes the garden and pool side as venues
Complimentary use of parking
Overnight stay for the bride and groom
Complimentary use of the swimming pool for ten (10) persons
Special Package- P 1,300 per head
Minimum of 100 guests
Includes a wedding aisle in the middle of the pool
Buffet menu selection
Includes the garden and pool side as venues
Complimentary use of parking
Wedding gifts for the Bride and Groom
A bottle of sparkling wine
Three-tier wedding cake
Wedding venue set-up including decorative cage and a pair of doves
HOW TO GET THERE:
I stayed at The Coffee Estate last February 24, 2018. I went with my fellow Travel Bloggers Karla and Rona. We met up in SM Light Mall in EDSA-Boni.
Along EDSA-Boni, we took the bus going to Dasmarinas. Bus fare was P58.00. You may opt to take the bus heading towards Trece Martirez or Indang.
After two hours of bus ride, we got off at McDonald’s Pala-Pala and rode a jeepney to take us to Manggahan. The jeepney fare was P10.00 per head. We met up with the rest, Jerny, Franco and Thea, at KFC Manggahan, General Trias, Cavite and rode The Coffee Estate’s van going to The Coffee Estate.
In case no van is picking you up, just look for a jeepney heading to Amadeo and tell the driver to drop you off at Olivia’s Coffee Shop in Bucal, Amadeo, Cavite. Enter the coffee shop and tell the restaurant staff that you are checking in. A ride will come pick you up. The ride to the resort will take no more than five minutes.
For bookings, call +63-925-6866363 or email email@example.com. They also have a Facebook Page.
Special shout out to Jomar Lansang for taking amazing photos during our stay. Here’s one:
Last month, I visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to attend a meeting with a prospective client. Aside from blogging, I do marketing and business development consultancy work for a number of multinational companies.
After confirming the meeting dates with the client, I immediately contacted my fellow travel blogger Erica Poyauan to help me find a decent and affordable accommodation that should be near the meeting venue, i.e., the Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel. Fortunately, Erica was able to book a deluxe room for me at the same hotel at very friendly rates. I only paid USD 71 per night. That was a total bargain for a five-star hotel accommodation.
It was my second visit to the Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel. The last time was two years ago to attend a major conference conducted by the company I used to work for and I had a good experience then so I was pretty excited to go back. On both occasions, too, I saw groups and groups of tourists billeted in the hotel.
Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel is not just a business hotel. It offers amenities that are conducive to tourists alike. The hotel is strategically located in the center of the commercial and entertainment hub of Bangsar. It is only 5 minutes away from Mid Valley Mega Mall, a shopping destination. It is easily accessible to all major parts of the city via the Kerinchi Light Rapid Transit train and KL Sentral Station- KLIA Express Train.
Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel has 513 rooms and suites. It offers the following amenities:
Internet access in the room (WiFi and wired)
Complimentary mineral water in the room
Iron and ironing board available in the room
Safety deposit box
TV with cable channels
Free accommodation and breakfast for up to 1 child under 12 years old sharing the parents room (by using existing bedding, or if room is large enough, a crib or a roll away bed)
24-hour room service
Free Wifi in public areas
Free shuttle to KL Sentral
Access to the fitness center
Access to the outdoor pool
Free self parking
Designated smoking areas
Executive lounge access extended to children
The room I stayed in was spacious and clean. It had an urban and modern interior design. Everything in the room smelled new and fresh from the linens to the towels. The air conditioning was functioning properly, too.
Hotel slippers and toiletries were provided compliments of the hotel.
Instead of a wall, the toilet and bath had a window. For privacy, just draw the blinds.
There is also a convenient store on the lower ground floor of the hotel open 24 hours. How convenient is that?
The pool is located on the 4th floor along with the spa and gym. Complimentary use of fresh towels for swimming pool goers are available at the fitness center counter.
Further, Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel has an Executive Lounge and a Business Center to cater to your business needs. It has three restaurants and six bars.
When I visited, the hotel lobby was adorned with Chinese lanterns in time for Chinese New Year.
HOW TO GET TO PULLMAN KL BANGSAR HOTEL… FAST!
Below is a vlog of my commute from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 2 to Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel upon arrival:
In case you do not have time to watch the vlog, here’s how to get there via the KLIA Express Train:
Upon arrival at KLIA 1 or KLIA 2, proceed to the KLIA Express Train Station. A one way ticket to KL Sentral costs MYR 55.00
2. The commute via KLIA Express takes about 28 minutes from KLIA Terminal 2 to KL Sentral. At the KL Sentral Station, look for the MRT Terminal that will bring you to the Universiti Station. Train Token is MYR 2.00
3. From the Universiti Station, Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel is a mere 10-minute leisure walk.
For booking inquiries, visit Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel’s website here. They also have a Facebook Fan Page.
Signing out for now. Peace!
Note that the route I took walking from the Universiti Train Station to Pullman KL Bangsar Hotel may not be the best route if you have a lot of pieces of luggage with you. Take the route below instead. Thanks to Pullman KL Bangsar Fan Page for this suggestion. It only shows how they truly care for their guests.
If you are into authentic Japanese cuisine, then you have to try Nobu Restaurant located at the Level 1 of Nobu South Tower, City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Boulevard corner Macapagal Avenue Brgy.Tambo, Paranaque City. They serve Nobu-unique modern Japanese dishes fused with Peruvian influences.
On February 21, 2018, I had the most wonderful opportunity to feast on a specially prepared seven-course meal comprised of both cold and hot dishes at the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant Nobu Restaurant . Thanks to Blogapalooza for inviting me to dine and meet with fellow Travel and Lifestyle bloggers.
Erica and I were then escorted by the Restaurant Manager, Ms. Melanie Dimayuga, to the patio area to meet the rest.
In no time, we were asked to proceed inside where a private dining area was reserved for us. I found the chefs at the sushi bar busy preparing the meals for the guests. Despite that, they agreed to pause and pose for a photo opportunity.
Nobu Restaurant Manila has a total seating capacity of two hundred ninety one (291) people. They have two (2) private dining rooms and two (2) Teppanyaki tables.
They are open daily and below are their operating hours:
6:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Monday to Saturday
6:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Sunday
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM | Sunday
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Everyday
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Monday to Thursday
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Friday to Sunday
To me, the seating arrangement was impeccable because we all got to sit next to someone whom we were meeting for the first time. It was a riot sitting between Me-An Clemente and Janelle Lazo Tee as we indulged our way to the very end of this seven-course meal. I might just post a vlog soon.
Each one of us got an Origami bird placed next to the menu of the seven-course meal. I must say that the meal selection consisted of seafood, vegetables and Wagyu meat to name a few got me and my taste buds excited! I am no food connoisseur and I will not pretend to be one. Hence, I will be sharing with you how I visualized my taste buds’ reactions to the food assuming that my taste buds had a mind of their own. So here it goes…
We started with Zensai or hors d’oeuvre in Nihon-go. Do not be deceived. This small and seemingly simple “taco” dish was explosive. The adage “size does not matter” seemed appropriate to describe it. It prepared my taste buds for what was to come. My taste buds were pretty much warmed-up for some jumping-for-joy moments! #smallbutyummy
FIRST COURSE: SASHIMI DUO
The first course consisted of two equally strong dishes, the Yellow Tail Jalapeno & the Oyster New Style. #notonebuttwo
Oyster New Style
I had second thoughts of eating the oysters out of fear of getting an upset stomach. I first sniffed one oyster. The aroma that filled my nostrils was reminiscent of my growing up years in the province of Pangasinan. And the next practical step for me was to open my mouth and succumb to it. Me-An told me that the best way to eat it is to suck and slurp. So I slurped the second one till I burped as my taste buds swayed to some calming music. #maalaalamokaya
By the way, the Kumamoto Oysters originated from Japan. They were brought to and raised in Australia just to end up in my mouth. #yunlang
Yellow Tail Jalapeno
Next stop was the Yellow Tail Jalapeno. Oh, did I mention that this was just the first course? LOL.
The Yellow Tail or Dalagang Bukid in Filipino melted in my mouth. It was that good that my taste buds were in full synchronicity bowing their heads while chanting in complete unison “we are not worthy” as this world famous sashimi blanketed my palette. #grabesya
Further, the first course came with a pickled relish that cleansed and prepared my palette for the next course.
SECOND COURSE: CHEF’S CHOICE SUSHI
The second course was composed of assorted Nigiri and Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice placed on a rectangular plate that was almost two feet in length.
I asked the waiter where to begin. Do I start from the left to right or otherwise? No further instructions were given. I guess I just got to trust my gut on this one. My taste buds could not agree more as they prepared for this delightful marathon. My taste buds said, “STOP over thinking and just get one ASAP!” #nowna #walanaakongmasabi #bastamasarap
THIRD COURSE: SASHIMI SALAD
The last of the cold dishes, this salad was composed of a lightly sheared big-eyed tuna with mixed greens and Matsuhisa dressing. People close to me know that I am not fond of eating just raw fish. I have always preferred Sushi over Sashimi. But my taste buds told my eyes to close and leave the tasting to them and told my mouth to shut up and partake! And I did… happy I did. That Matsuhisa dressing complemented the tuna.
FOURTH COURSE: PAN ROASTED SNAPPER
The fourth course introduced us to the first hot dish. The perfectly pan-roasted Snapper or Maya-maya in Filipino resting on that golden stash of Miso butter and mixed vegetables such as bok choy, baby corn and shitake star drizzled with sweet chili cilantro sauce on top was a bomb!
“Aaaawww, poor little fish looks so unhappy”, I said. My taste buds did not care and by this time decided to do the Zumba with zest!
FIFTH COURSE: AKA MISO BRAISED WAGYU CHEEKS
The fifth course was Aka Miso Braised Wagyu Cheeks with Soba noodles, onsen egg and Kizami nori. After devouring the succulent pan-roasted Maya-maya, I was already full to the brim. But my taste buds were now out of control and mounting a mass picket.
“Wag you ako pigilan… wag ako… “, they clamored.
“Besides, wagyu is wagyu so why not?”, they added.
SIXTH COURSE: BLACK COD HOT POT
This clear soup looked all too simple but this sixth course cannot be undermined. I thought it was going to be bland and boring. Well, I thought wrong. As always, when it comes to food, the final verdict rests on the sense of taste and not of sight. The perfect blend of tofu, mixed mushrooms and negi was just right to settle down the joyous chaos experienced by my taste buds from the first course to the fifth. The sixth course also made sure that my taste buds had a good cool down, ready for dessert.
SEVENTH COURSE: MISO CAPPUCCINO
Delightfully satisfied with the six courses I just had, I thought that there was nothing better to cap the night than a cup of coffee to get me going on my way home.
And so I picked up the spoon intending to mix that cappuccino.
“This cup of coffee is too small for me”, I thought.
Lo and behold, it was not a coffee beverage. I guess I was not being attentive to John Christian Ochoa when he served the last course. Or was it Fidel Cebreros? I can not recall. I was too engrossed sipping my soup that I missed the detailed introduction and whoever delivered it. LOL.
Being a sweet-tooth myself, I must say that this Miso Cappuccino is probably one of the best desserts I have ever had. The candied pecan loaded at the bottom of that vanilla miso custard revved up my already calm taste buds. They stood at attention as they crazily waited for that spoonful to land in my mouth. I finished this last course in less than two minutes! We (my taste buds and I) wanted to ask for seconds. LOL.
Truth be told, this Miso Cappuccino got us all energized that we just kept on and on with our exchanges. We went around the restaurant to take more selfies and photos of the place, too.
Check out our Instagram and Facebook accounts for more. LOL.
It was already past 10:30 in the evening when we decided to call it a night. We started dinner at seven. We had so much fun that I lost track of time. I did not expect that this was going to be a seven-to-eleven seven-course dinner affair.
Erica and I were among the last ones to leave the venue. We took the 11 PM City Of Dreams bus en route to the SM Mall of Asia and went our separate ways. I got home feeling great and not overfed. Tucking into bed, I messaged my brother in Dubai who is a big fan of Japanese cuisine to tell him that we visit Nobu Restaurant Manila the next time he comes home. He said yes and even commented on my Facebook post that featured the photos of the seven-course meal.
The most sophisticated travellers set their eyes on the most luxurious destinations and covet only the most premium experiences and amenities: a relaxing cruise in St. Tropez, a ski trip in Zermatt, Switzerland or a weekend beach trip in the Bahamas.
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